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Even though Scentre Group's (ASX:SCG) stock is down 3.0% this week, insiders who bought lately made a AU$13k profit

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Insiders who bought Scentre Group (ASX:SCG) in the last 12 months may probably not pay attention to the stock's recent 3.0% drop. Even after accounting for the recent loss, the AU$512k worth of stock purchased by them is now worth AU$525k or in other words, their investment continues to give good returns.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.

Check out our latest analysis for Scentre Group

Scentre Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Non-Executive Director Andrew Harmos for AU$306k worth of shares, at about AU$2.91 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of AU$2.56. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. We note that Andrew Harmos was both the biggest buyer and the biggest seller.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 205.00k shares for AU$512k. But insiders sold 105.00k shares worth AU$306k. Overall, Scentre Group insiders were net buyers during the last year. They paid about AU$2.50 on average. It's great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company's stock, albeit at below the recent share price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership of Scentre Group

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.2% of Scentre Group shares, worth about AU$32m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Scentre Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Scentre Group insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Overall we don't see anything to make us think Scentre Group insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Scentre Group you should be aware of, and 1 of these doesn't sit too well with us.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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